Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Awesome Video

I found this on another blog and couldn't stop watching it. Very creative and unique concept. I had to share...

Saturday, March 28, 2009

We'll water down your juice and sell it to you at double the price!

Yes people. It's watered down juice. Welch's - being the brilliant company that they are - are selling this to you at the same price as the 100% juice and touting it as "a lower calorie alternative" Are you kidding me? Buy the 100% juice and dilute it in half with filtered water. Bam..."Aquajuice" at half the price.

Do people really fall for this? Makes me sad. Are we really this dumb?

I noticed this today as I was walking down the juice aisle and could not believe it. Welch's I need to come work for you. If you can actually make money off this... wow... you guys are doing something right.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Got an old button up shirt?

I came across this adorable little girls dress idea over at crafster.com. You can find the tutorial here. I can't wait to do this with one of Chad's old shirts... too bad we've gotten rid of a lot of his "surfer dude" wear... Too bad... I mean thank God! :)

You can take the boy out of Florida but you can't take the Florida out of the boy.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dirty Hippie in the garden

Well I guess it's time for another episode of the "dirty hippie." It's spring and it seems that the whole family is really into working out-of-doors right now. Chad is working the backyard and planting seed to grow better grass, and I've decided to try to start small with an herb garden.

I'm just doing potted plants for now. It's a long way down to our backyard from the deck and I don't think my pregnant behind is going to go up and down to water a garden for the next few months. Not happening. I didn't want to take on anything that big anyway. It seems that every time I try to grow something it dies. So we'll see...

What I've got so far are Basil, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Parsley and I tried one veggie - zucchini. My first trip to Lowe's (Before doing any research, this was all a little on a whim), I picked up the zucchini, peppermint, basil, and rosemary. All of it to go in a nice rectangular planter I bought (except for the zucchini of course). I brought it all home only to find out that the rosemary grows so big that it will need it's own pot and the peppermint is so aggressive it will take over whatever it is planted with. Ugh! So another trip to Lowe's and now I have a much bigger "little" garden than I bargained for. But I'm happy with it. It looks cute... now lets just see if I can keep it alive and cook with it. I'm so excited about that! Last year I would visit the local farm just to get a little bag of fresh basil... yum. Basil is probably my favorite herb and I only discovered it a few years ago.

Corben also enjoyed the whole experience. I gave him a pot and some rocks and his "choo choo" to play with and he went to town putting everything in and out of it and then running around yelling GROW! As I'm mixing potting soil. It was pretty hilarious. I don't think he connected the plants with growing. I think it was the fact that I kept bending over and then standing back up as I'm putting soil into pots. I sing this song to him that my mom used to sing to me when I was little and it goes a little like this... "Read your Bible, Pray everyday, and you grow, grow, grow." And when you say the grow you go from a shrunken position to standing up. Corben thinks it is hilarious.

Or I could just think that my child is a genius and just figured out for himself what plants do... yep that's probably it :)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

25 Things

Well, while you are waiting for my 101 list, here is the 25 things list that is floating around facebook. I finally gave in and did it. So I thought I'd share it here too...

Okay I finally give in! Here are my 25 Things!

Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you.

1. At some point in my life I want to be a graphic designer for the CIA.

2. I took stage combat in college. Most fun I ever had in college. What's better than pretending to beat people up and it looking real?

3. I consider myself a pretty carefree person. The small stuff usually doesn't hurt my feelings.. well unless I'm pregnant and hormonal. But I am also secretly type A. I am very particular about certain things in my life. Mostly about business and graphic design.

4. Clubs I was in throughout my entire school experience: Drama Club, DECA, National Honor Society, SAT team, Bible Club, Beta Club oh and we can't forget the best one BHFA (Brazen Hussies and Floozies Anonymous) You and me Ash!

5. Chad and I constantly battle over the car air conditioning. I like it either totally on cold or totally on heat and when it gets to a comfortable temp I turn it off. He likes airflow constantly. I don't think I've ever used the medium temperature setting in my life!

6. I want to be a good dancer. At least enough to feel like I know what I'm doing on the dance floor. Salsa baby!

7. I always feel the need to educate people on why my profession is important. I'm sure one day I'll just submit and buy the shirt from Veer that says "I draw pictures all day." Sigh.

8. I have several goals as far as traveling: Ireland, New York, Backpacking through Europe... and what the heck... Fiji... because who would ever say no to Fiji.

9. I'm a pretty shy person when I first meet people. And it usually takes me a while to really open up to people and be myself. Unless I am the host of the party or in a leadership role... then somehow I can turn on the "outgoingness."

10. I have been married for five years and have a wonderful 15 month old boy and baby 2.0 on the way.

11. I have a notebook fetish. If I come across a pretty blank notebook I just have to buy it. I'll usually fill up a 1/4 of it with to do lists/thoughts/grocery lists/meeting notes etc and then it gets lost in the shuffle somewhere until I find it months later.

12. I love making homemade gifts for people. I just think it is so much better than buying something. Not that I don't buy gifts... I'd just rather make them.

13. I wanted to be Shirley Temple when I was a little girl. I would tell my parents "I'm not Gifton, I'm Heidi."

14. I like to mix corn and mash potatoes. It just tastes so much better that way.

15. My son's laugh can totally change my day.

16. Being a mom is one of the most challenging and rewarding things I've ever done.

17. I love coffee. It's amazing how a drink can bring people together so easily. "Hey wanna grab some coffee?"

18. Going back to the split personality free spirit/anal person that I am. I am definitely that way as a mom. I don't mind if my kid gets messy. I think it's all part of the learning process. But when it comes to how he's taken care of I'm pretty anal. I like to use cloth diapers/wipes, make my own wipes solution, I made a good bit of his baby food, I read labels religiously to make sure he isn't getting too much processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup, and I keep his meals pretty simple, fruits, veggies, fish/chicken, yogurt and cheese. All natural baby soap, sunscreen... well you get the idea.

19. I really love snowboarding. Okay I hated it the first day... but the second day rocked!

20. I am learning to sew and can't wait to get really good at it.

21. I can no longer say I have a favorite color. I guess it the curse of the job. I gravitate towards a group of colors like: Green, Brown, Blue, Orange, Red.... okay wait... never mind.

22. I have to write everything down or I will forget. I usually email myself with to do notes so that I don't have to worry about a physical list. I have a digital copy I can find anytime. I know it's sad :)

23. I've realized as I've gotten older everyone has a different idea of what a "good" movie is. I can watch a movie and think it is good because it was extremely entertaining, action-packed or dramatic... but I can also think a movie is good because it tells an interesting story in a very artistic way. Even though the latter may be a little more subtle.. it's still good.

24. I am near-sighted, I should wear glasses or contacts but I usually don't.

25. I once dyed my hair red and accidentally put chunky highlights that were neon macaroni orange in them. Oops! Thank God for my awesome hair dresser Monica! Wine and girlfriends doing each others hair does not mix. Hey it would have been cool if I was a rock star right?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

101 Things

I am officially starting a 101 in 1001 days list. You can find more info on this challenge at http://www.dayzeroproject.com/.

As you have seen I have many things that are on my "mental list" to do but I think taking it a step further - writing it down and putting a time table on it, will give me that extra push I need to do these things that I've always wanted to do. I'm still working on my complete list and will post it as soon as it's finished. It's hard to come up with 101 things! I want to give myself plenty of time because I know there will be those things that pop in my head that I only think about now and then like working for the CIA... you know... little stuff :)

One of the things on my list will be from my last post about making more handmade stuff. I have to share another blog that I just adore homemade by jill. She has her favorite projects listed on the side bar and they are so great! Perfect for baby shower gifts or things for your own little one. She always has such great and simple ideas and she's a new mom herself of a cute little boy.

On a side note. Please be praying for God's direction in our family this year. We have a lot to accomplish and some great opportunities that may be heading our way. But we need the wisdom and discernment that goes along with all that.

Love and Blessings!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Handmade Baby

photo provided by: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10872832

I've really been wanting to make some toys for the two little ones in my life. I think it's a great way to #1 know where the toys are coming from and what they are made of and #2 have a family heirloom that maybe they will save for their little ones someday.

I have all the tools and skills to do it. I just need to get on the ball! Here is a great website with tutorials and ideas that you can use to make your own toys/dolls. A lot of them are very simple and you don't have to be "super-crafty" to do it.


If you look around you can find lots of cute things to make for baby like clothes and nursery decor.

I know not everyone feels this way but I think something handmade is a million times more special than getting something from a store. Especially in this day in age. Time is so finite and people are rushing about all the time. To know that someone stopped their busy schedule to make you something is just amazing! I love it!

Speaking of... go support handmade stuff! Find something cool on etsy.com for yourself or a friend.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

New Hair woohoo!

Get ready for a new haircut! Okay I won't show you my belly yet but I'll show you my new haircut. I'm sad, I know.

I'm going first thing in the morning to see the fabulous Monica and finally get my hair cut off! I sadly haven't had a haircut in .... about 10 months probably. Wow. I didn't realize it had been that long! Time flies when you are chasing a baby around! I'm thinking of doing something based on one of Katie Holmes haircuts but I'm not sure. I'll see what Monica thinks.

I'm very excited! I always feel like a new person afterward.

So until tomorrow. I know all of you will be glued to the computer in anticipation. :)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Preggo update week 14

Hello All,
I just had my second appointment and the last of my first trimester. Everything is looking great. All the blood work they did came back fine but they did one more test today to check my thyroid since I had heart palpitations with the last pregnancy. I'm curious to see what will come back from that. Overall I am feeling much better and more motivated to get off the couch, which is a major improvement.

So the big ultrasound is my next visit April 7, so we'll see what happens. What do you guys think? Boy or Girl?

These are the tentative names we have so far. The boy name is majorly up for debate.

Genevieve Elise Gammon
Maximus Alan Gammon

I think I would be happy if the first name and middle name were switched with the boys name. I'll have to suggest that to Chad. Maximus just seems a little over the top for a first name. We would call him Max... but still.

I love baby names. One of my favorite blogs "How About Orange" featured this website today http://www.whatalovelyname.com I didn't find it extremely helpful but it was fun nonetheless.

Thoughts anyone?
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